Tinley Park - 80th Avenue Station
is one of two commuter railroad stations along Metra
's Rock Island District
Line in Tinley Park, Illinois
. The station is officially located on 18001 South 80th Avenue, lies away from LaSalle Street
, the northern terminus
of the line. Parking is available on both sides of the tracks. On the north side, where the station house resides, it's available in the east or west parking lots, while on the south side it's available in the Timber Road parking lot.
80th Avenue Station is the fourth busiest station in the entire Metra system.
The full train schedule can be found on Metra's website
There are 23 trains from this station to Chicago on weekdays, 10 on Saturday and 8 on Sunday.
24 trains run from Chicago to this station during the week. On weekends 10 trains run on Saturday and 8 on Sunday that stop at this station.
All of the inbound trains, to Chicago, run to the terminus of the line at the LaSalle Street Station. All outbound trains that pass through this station, with the exception of the 413 train, run to the Joliet terminus. Train 413 terminates at the New Lenox (Metra) station.
There are 2 tracks at this station. On weekdays between 5a-2p trains from Chicago run on track 2 and trains to Chicago run on track 1. After 2p trains from Chicago run on track 1 and trains to Chicago run on track 2. On weekends all trains run on track 1, unless announced otherwise.
The station has a waiting room that is open from 4:00 a.m. through 4:00 p.m. A ticket agent is on duty from 5:00 a.m until 12:45 p.m. during the week.
The station is scheduled to undergo a major renovation beginning in early 2009. It is expected to be completed by late 2009. The village of Tinley Park
sent out a Request For Qualifications on June 17
to seek bids for the project. Currently more then 30 firms have expressed interest in the project. The deadline to submit an initial proposal is July 18
. After the deadline has passed, the village will select approximately 6. The remaining candidates will then present their proposals to the village board. A final decision is expected to be made by mid-August 2008.
While the village does not currently have a specific design for the station, there are several elements that have been agreed on. The new design must incorporate a spacious appearance, a larger amount of landscaping and trees, and be energy conscious. The Tinley Park Village Trustee has said "As you approach the station it should have an elegance of its own.
The renovation is currently budgeted at approximately $7.5 million. The funding is being supplied by Metra and federal grants. Metra has budgeted approximately $5 million towards the renovation. A federal grant of $669,000 is also being applied to the project. $2.2 million has been allocated to raise the platforms by nine inches to make them level with the train floors. The new station is budgeted at $2 million. An additional $1.2 million has been allocated to build four warming shelters. The station will also be made compliant with the Americans With Disabilities Act during the reconstruction. Bus service and bus-related facilities will also be available at the new station Currently, no bus connections are available at this station.
The current station will be open during the reconstruction.